Ernie: Canada done, bring on Bridgestone

RBC has done such a great job coming into golf and what they’ve done with the Canadian Open, showcasing this tournament and also this country, is just phenomenal. They’ve really put it back on the map, which is what it deserves.


So for me it was good to be back and it’s always fun to play any national open. You really feel that sense of national pride from the spectators’ point of view and from the people actually running the tournament. As a player you respect that and you want to compete and do your best. Also, with my connections with RBC there’s an even greater incentive to put on a good show.


Last year I came into this tournament on the back of winning the Open and all the happy chaos that surrounds you when you win a major. This time I was slightly more rested after a couple of days off in London and I hoped that would show up in my performance, but to be honest we never really got it going in the first couple of rounds. Despite playing some good stuff out there, it was tight just making the cut. Basically, it was the same problem as at Muirfield the previous week – I’m just making a few too many silly bogeys right now.


Saturday was much better and pitching in for an eagle on 18 was a sweet way to finish. That round of 67 jumped me up the leaderboard and although there was no way we could challenge for a win, the goal was to go out and shoot a low number on Sunday and finish as high as possible. In the end, a final round 70 left me tied-21st at 8-under par. Not a great week, but a fun week nevertheless.


Now we move on to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, where they’ve been hosting championships for five decades. It’s a great venue and a seriously good field, with 49 of the world’s top-50 players teeing it up this week; only Louis Oosthuizen is sadly missing due to a neck injury.


Anyway, I like the layout and have played some steady golf here over the years, with a couple of top-10s, but never anything spectacular. It’s a hard one to explain, but let’s see if we can do something about it this week.


My position in the FedEx Cup race – currently lying 85th – is obviously not great, but there’s a lot of quality golf to be played yet and I’m 100 per cent focused on stepping it up in this last quarter of the season. We’ve got two big weeks coming right up, with the Bridgestone and then the USPGA at Oak Hill. My game is there, but I need to cut out some of those silly little errors that I’ve been talking about and really tidy up my scorecard.


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